Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today inaugurated the three-day All India Council of Tourism Secretaries, organized by the Union Ministry of Tourism and Culture in cooperation with Government of Gujarat, at Dhordo in the Great Rann of Kutch.
Union Minister of State for Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel was especially present on the occasion. Speaking at the inaugural session, Mr. Rupani said that special provision has been made in the Budget for promoting five iconic archaeological sites in India, including from Gujarat at Dholavira and Lothal. He said the world’s tallest statue, Statue of Unity, to commemorate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, was built with the initiative of Prime Minister with a view to link religion, culture and history with national unity for tourism. Tourists visiting the site of the statue are spellbound by the Unity Wall and Bharat Bhavan.
He said there is great scope for developing tourism in Gujarat for which the State Government has developed many more new sites like Madhavpur Ghed during the last three years. Referring to development in Kutch district, he said, it was after the earthquake that Prime Minister and the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi took initiative to showcase the Great Rann of Kutch as a unique tourist spot.
Quoting Mr. Modi, Mr. Rupani said the three mantras for promoting tourism are tradition, talent and trade
Union Minister of State for Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel said the Rann of Kutch is like a heaven on the earth, which has become a tourist centre added to it cultural activities, thanks to farsightedness of Prime Minister Modi.
Gujarat’s Tourism Minister Jawahar Chavda said that Gujarat has a long coastline, wild ass sanctuary in the Rann of Kutch, many temples and archaeological sites.
A MoU was signed between ITDC and Gujarat Tourism Department by ITDC MD Kamla Vardhan Rao and TCGL MD Jainu Devan in presence of the Chief Minister for consultancy service develop innovative and decorative light and sound show on Gujarat’s major tourist places.
Those present on the occasion included Minister of State Vasanbhai Ahir, MLAs Nimaben Acharya and Malatiben Maheshwari, Union Tourism Secretary Yogendra Tripathi, Gujarat’s Tourism Secretary Mamata Verma, Managing Director Jainu Devan and Tourism Secretaries of different states.